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Policy Basics

State and local governments provide most funding for K-12 education, public colleges and universities, health care, transportation, public safety, and other services. 

They finance these services mainly through income and sales taxes and fees. We analyze budget and tax policies and work with state officials and state-based nonprofits to develop policies that address the needs of families with low incomes.

Tracking State Disinvestment in Public Services

As states’ 2024 legislative sessions continue, several states are beginning to experience the fallout from counterproductive fiscal policy decisions made over the past few years. The...

States Should Center Black Women in Tax Reform

States and localities can realize more equitable, thriving economies by using their revenue policies to address the marginalization and exploitation of Black women. As I explain in a new paper,...